With 50 Cent’s Black Mafia Family series set to premiere this Sunday (September 26), Billboard caught up with the Queens legend to talk all things BMF. Snoop Dogg found himself a role in the anticipated series in the role of a pastor and 50 detailed how the role was actually slated for him but he figured Snoop would be a better fit.
“With Snoop, I knew he would have a field day with the character,” 50 explained. “They initially cast me in that role, and I knew that I would be doing the marketing for Raising Kanan — and because of my voiceovers in that show, coming directly off of that as a minister, I felt it may not connect the way I would like it to.
“I was like, ‘Snoop would do a great job at this’ — and I was able to reach out to him, and get them to commit to it because he was already a big fan of Power and a big supporter of me publicly. He was like, ‘Yo, this is like my favorite shit.’ He would be saying that constantly. When I came around to the casting for the actual show, he was excited that I had the luxury of directing it.”
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this month, 50 joked about how tough it was to get Snoop to stop smoking weed on set.
“You can’t get him to stop smoking weed,” 50 asserted. “I went to the trailer and I was like, ‘Just chill.’ He’s like, ‘Get out of here, it’s legal, 50!’ He was really conflicted by me asking him to stop smoking weed. He was like, ‘Why you want to mess up my day?’”
50 Cent also crafted an official theme song for the Black Mafia Series family titled “Wish Me Luck” and features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo and Charlie Wilson.
BMF — which also stars Eminem in the role of White Boy Rick — premieres on Starz on September 26 at 9 p.m. ET directly after the Power Book III: Raising Kanan finale.